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Magnolia scale infests tree

Question: I think the large mature magnolia in my yard has magnolia scale. The leaves are sticky and some leaves are covered with a black powder. When I look closely, some of the branches have little bumps. My magnolia is taller than my house and beautiful. I don?t want to lose it. What can I do? — D.W. and J.S.

Answer: Magnolia scale is becoming common on magnolias. Star magnolia and saucer magnolia are very susceptible to this insect.

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Study shows how a kernel got naked and corn became king

Ten thousand years ago, a golden grain got naked, brought people together and grew to become one of the top agricultural commodities on the planet.

Now, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have found that just a single letter change in the genetic script of corn’s ancestor, teosinte, helped make it all possible.


Foundation makes donation to Rural Health Initiative

The Rural Health Initiative officially launched in Marathon County in May 2014 in partnership with local health systems — Marshfield Clinic, Aspirus and Ministry Health Care — and additional collaborative partners including the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Marathon County Public Health Department and United FCS. The program’s focus is on improving and sustaining the health and safety of farm families by providing professional, complimentary on-site preventive healthcare services to farmers and agribusiness.


Sauk County health needs assessed

The Sauk County Health Department, UW-Extension, Reedsburg Area Medical Center, Sauk Prairie Healthcare and St. Clare Hospital have teamed up to launch an assessment of the health of the area’s local communities. The information gathered from the survey will indicate the biggest health concerns in the communities served in, and around, Sauk County and will allow the health care organizations to establish plans to help meet the needs over time.


Crossroads, UW Extension To Host Public Television Tapings

Crossroads at the Big Creek turns into a TV studio on Monday when Wisconsin Public Television tapes three presentations for “Wednesday Nite @ the Lab.” The broadcasts are a part of the 2015 Northern Lights Tour of “Wednesday Nite @ the Lab” produced by the UW- Madison, UW Extension, and WPT. Door County UW Extension Department Head Rob Burke says the presentations will cover a variety of topics.


Glory days: The second-best summer EVER

We’re fortunate that weather doesn’t honor the rivalry between Minnesota and Wisconsin. That means the Coulee Region probably is smack-dab in the middle of its second-best summer on record, according to a Minnesota climatologist’s new index.


Amy Greil: Study looking at impact of arts in Kenosha County

According to the 2015 “Creative Industries: Business & Employment in the Arts” report (www.AmericansForTheArts.org/CreativeIndustries), Kenosha County is home to 271 arts-related businesses that employ just shy of 1,000 people. Creative industries account for 3.9 percent of the total number of businesses located in Kenosha County